The ultimate guide to personalizing your wedding
Bridal outfits hand-embroidered with a grandparent’s words of love; rings engraved with the couple’s secret code; invitations handwritten by the mother of the groom; a wedding menu borrowed from the couple’s best dates – the common thread running through most Indian weddings in 2022 is how different and unique each is. As couples give meaning to their special day with elements inspired by their love story and individuality, personalization has become the magic word. No detail is too small to be redesigned. That personal touch can be found everywhere, from the invitations and backdrops in the designs the couple loves to the outfits adorned with the bride’s favorite affirmation. We’re rounding up some of the most beautiful ways you can own every moment of your celebration.
Clothes that tell your story
One of the first things an engaged couple thinks about (and their friends and family ask) is what they’re going to wear. And the answer is no longer limited to which designer they might opt for. Rather, it’s about how their look stands out and reveals their personality and story. Clothing, jewelry, shoes, cufflinks all have a part to play in making a wedding special. And couples insist on wearing their hearts on their sleeves, literally. For her summer wedding to Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, for example, wore an ivory organza saree by Sabyasachi with the wedding date embroidered on the pallu. Her blouse and kaliras featured a custom butterfly design, and her mangalsutra had the infinity symbol, which sources say holds special meaning for the couple.
And Patralekhaa Paul’s red Sabyasachi saree was inscribed with Bengali poetry by the designer while Rhea Kapoor partied in an off-white Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla skirt with the word “love” embroidered on it in different languages. She paired it with a red blouse and casual sneakers to stay true to her personality. And it’s not just celebrities. Delhi-based content creator and founder of Initial Studio, Tarini Manchanda’s red chiffon bridal saree was made from fabric her mother bought in Paris over a decade ago, with a border antique inherited from his great-grandmother. Her trademark karigars embroidered her dupatta with excerpts from letters from her grandparents and love stories she grew up on. Her only kalira was a family heirloom, shattered to pieces for the first bride of every generation. “It was an outfit that I would never find in a store. And it’s the real definition of luxury for me,” she says. Meanwhile, for their vows in Tulum, the bride and groom, doctor Neil Chawla and event planner Hemang Saraiya, wore personalized Pranay Baidya ashkans with their mother’s wedding sarees as shawls.This personal touch is something that the designers, for their part, also encourage and take into account in their own work.
Anita Dongre’s latest bridal couture collection features special bridal affirmations, words and symbols embroidered on the dupatta or even the lehenga belt. “Couples should think beyond just coordinating their colors. Adding meaningful messages, poetic verses or their wedding hashtag to the outfit is the new way forward,” says Shyamal Shodhan of label Shyamal & Bhumika. the jewelry worn by couples can be personalized at will, for some it can be beautifully coordinated sets “The groom’s brooch, buttons or kalgi can be matched with the bride’s jewelry,” says Pratiksha Prashant , creative director of jewelry brand Kishandas & Co. For others, it may be a completely original piece designed for the occasion.Shivek Gupta of Sanjay Gupta by Tibarumals Jewelers reveals how a customer personalized her bridal jewelry inspired by the carvings on the walls of the 1,000-year-old temple in which the wedding was to take place.